We suggest: Honoring the life & legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Martin Luther King Jr Memorial

By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph One of the best known leaders of the civil rights movement, Martin Luther King Jr. preached nonviolence, marched, and was jailed in pursuit of equal rights. Assassinated in 1968, his legacy continues to inspire. Find titles below honoring Martin Luther King Jr., his life, his legacy, and his contemporaries. What … Read more

We suggest: New year, new you

After the year that was 2020, we know everyone could use some self-care and recuperation. And what better way to accomplish this than through books that offer hope, spark creativity, elicit empathy, and encourage mindfulness. What we suggest Hope & joy Creativity & inspiration Empathy & kindness Mindfulness & meditation Find more digital titles to … Read more

We suggest: Best of 2020 kids & picture books

We suggest: Best of 2020: kids & picture books

Introducing Oak Park’s Best of 2020, a librarian-curated selection of titles, featuring some of the titles most requested and checked out by Oak Parkers! See our kids and picture books favorites on this page or browse more using the links below. Adult fiction | Adult nonfiction | Teen fiction | Kids books | Picture booksTV … Read more

We suggest: Best of 2020 adult fiction & nonfiction

We Suggest Best of 2020: Adult fiction & nonfiction

Introducing Oak Park’s Best of 2020, a librarian-curated selection of titles, featuring some of the titles most requested and checked out by Oak Parkers! See our adult fiction and nonfiction favorites on this page or browse more using the links below. Adult fiction | Adult nonfiction | Teen fiction | Kids books | Picture booksTV … Read more

We suggest: Best of 2020 teen fiction

We Suggest Best of 2020: Teen fiction

Introducing Oak Park’s Best of 2020, a librarian-curated selection of titles, featuring some of the titles most requested and checked out by Oak Parkers! See our teen fiction favorites on this page or browse more using the links below. Adult fiction | Adult nonfiction | Teen fiction | Kids books | Picture booksTV shows, movies … Read more

We suggest: 2020 gift guide

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Looking for gift ideas for this holiday season? Find books for everyone on your list with these suggestions from our librarians! For adults | For kids & teens For adults For fiction readers who’ve read it all For the masterful home chef For those who appreciate brains & beauty For the history buff For the … Read more

We suggest: National Book Awards 2020

2020 National Book Awards Winners book covers

Check out the 2020 National Book Awards winners and our read-alike titles, suggested by Oak Park’s fantastically well-read librarians! The National Book Awards were established in 1950 to celebrate the best writing in America. Learn more about how the awards work from the National Book Foundation » Fiction winner Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu & read-alikes … Read more

We suggest: This is Halloween

Two jack-o-lanterns

Gremlins, ghosts, and goblins, oh my! The spookiest day of the year is almost here! With a full moon on the horizon, this year’s Halloween is sure to be extra eerie. Keeping your Halloween festivities close to home this year? Cozy up with these titles suggested by your Oak Park librarians…but maybe keep the lights … Read more

We suggest: Regional stories: Appalachian fiction

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By Collection Management Librarian Dontaná McPherson-Joseph Travel with us to the oft-overlooked region of Appalachia. Nestled in the peaks, valleys, nooks, and crannies of the Appalachian Mountains, separating the East Coast from the Midwest, this beautiful region is home to rare accents, deep religion, and hidden secrets. Appalachian fiction Betty by Tiffany McDaniel Why you should … Read more

We suggest: New(ish) nonfiction titles

Nonfiction book covers

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy Sexton Looking for a good nonfiction read? Whether it’s current events, history, science, memoir, or poetry, here are a few recently published books that are sure to scratch your nonfiction itch. Nonfiction titles you might have missed 14 Miles by D.W. Gibson Why you should try it: Tired of hearing … Read more

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